Friday, April 20, 2018

My First Year Blogging: 6 Things I Learned

Today is my first blog-iversary! One year ago I decided to take a leap of faith and attempt to share my thoughts with the world. I've spent the last week or so really reflecting on this past year of blogging. What I've accomplished, what I've learned, and where I hope to take it from here. If you're new to blogging, or considering it, I hope this will be helpful, and if you're not, I hope you'll read along anyway!

Why did I start this?
For many reasons really. I'd be lying if I said I didn't start this to make money. That was probably, initially, the biggest reason. I'd seen a few people I knew who had very successful blogs. They were able to make enough to pay their mortgage, or even enough to stay home full time with their children. As I thought about having children of my own in the future, this idea grew more and more intriguing to me. I still have hopes that this will be more than just a little side hustle someday. Another reason I started Megs Blogs, was simply because I love to write. Writing has always been something I enjoyed, so I figured I would actually get to do something I like.

What's made me keep going? 
Let me just tell you, it's not easy sometimes to keep going. Especially when you have a full time job, and a husband, and a life. I've kept on going for a couple reasons. I enjoy writing, I enjoy sharing, I have hopes my words will find someone who is in need of them, and yes, I enjoy the (very little) money I make, and I still have hopes of growing.

What have I learned? 
Well, tons...

There is so much more work than you’d think! 
Creating a blog, and making it successful, takes work. There is so much more that goes into it than simply writing content. Design, affiliate marketing, following guidelines, gaining readers and subscribers, just to name a few. I still feel like I have so much to learn, and I am pretty confident I will feel this way for the next couple of years.

Planning is key!
There is so much to learn, and do, a planner is so essential. I use it to plan upcoming posts, especially link ups because those must be published a specific time and date. I also plan what weeks or months I will be working on what. One month my goal was to build an Instagram for my blog, one it was to work on affiliate marketing. It can get very overwhelming to try and figure it out all at once. This helped me a lot.

Engaging with other bloggers is very important!
When I started, I just focused on my own blog. I quickly realized I needed to be following other blogs as well. I follow a few girls that inspire me daily, and I try to do link-ups as often as possible and I enjoy taking the time to read everyone else’s blogs! The engagement is good for your blog, and it’s nice to make a few virtual friends in this little blogging world.

A niche is important!
I have kind of taken my time with this. My niche is currently “lifestyle” so I’m able to cover a little bit of everything, but I definitely see myself narrowing this down in the future. Also, I purposely chose a blog name that could cover anything I wanted to do in the future. (Megs Designs, Megs Creates.. who knows!) Side note- I actually chose this name after using the Instagram handle @megscooks to share recipes. 

You have to enjoy it!
Honestly, If you do not enjoy your blog, it's not going to last. It's hard enough if you do like it. It takes a lot of time and effort to continue to write content regularly. I have had a few lulls this past year, but I continue to plan and work to create content and share my little blog, because I honestly enjoy doing it. It's fun (sometimes) to learn all of the technical side to this business, and for me, writing, about anything, just eases my mind. I enjoy hearing from people I never would have known existed if i hadn't done this, and I love that my thoughts and ideas can reach all over the world. 

It takes time to be successful!
If you are starting a blog in hopes of making it a business, know that it takes time. Just like any other job, you start at the bottom. I will say, it's definitely possible to be successful quickly, if you are putting in 40 hours a week, or you have a niche that is really in demand, but if you're doing this on top of your full time job, and can't devote hours a day to it, just know that it will take time. It will grow, but be prepared that it might not grow as quickly as you imagined. Shift your focus to it being a long term goal, and be okay with that. Trust the process. I had huge goals when I began a year ago, some of which I still haven't met, a whole year later. There is no shame in adjusting your goals, just don't lose them! Great things take time!

Cheers to my first year! If you have been following along, 
I so appreciate every reader. If you are considering starting your own blog, or you already have, say hi in the comments, or email me! I'd love to follow your journey, and I'd be happy to share more specific advice or answer any questions you have!


  1. Hi Meg! Appreciated you writing this! I just started about a month ago and was so devoted that I thought a week of vacation would throw me off! Best of luck to you and great reminders to keep going!! I also work full time and am married with a busy life! Check out my blog if you get the chance:

  2. Keep it up, and ask questions if you need to! I look forward to following your blogging journey!